The Turkish #tourism industry on Tuesday received some long-anticipated good news after Germany gave its citizens the green light to travel to Turkey’s popular coastal provinces for the #summer holidays.

Tourism industry representatives welcomed the decision, saying Turkey will be a “safe holiday” destination for Germans.

The German foreign ministry said it was dropping a warning against travel to Antalya, Izmir, Muğla and Aydın, along Turkey’s Mediterranean and Aegean coasts, where the coronavirus’s prevalence stood at only five new infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the course of a week.

The move comes following consultations between German and Turkish officials and is a part of a deal to help revive tourism between the two countries.

“Germans have missed Antalya and Antalya has missed the Germans a lot,” said Ülkay Atmaca, head of Turkey’s Professional Hotel Managers Association (POYD). “It is excellent news that our guests will be coming again from our second-largest market,” Atmaca told Anadolu Agency (AA) on Wednesday, adding that they now expect German tourists to flock to the coastal provinces.

“We will continue to enforce strict rules for safe tourism,” said Erkan Yağcı, the head of the Union of Mediterranean Touristic Hoteliers and Operators (AKTOB), evaluating the decision.

For his part, Alanya Tourism Operators Association (ALTID) President Burhan Sili said rather than the numbers of tourists coming from these countries, “it was very important that German and Russian markets have come into play.” #myicmeler #dailysabah

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